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--[[User:Volfym|Volfym]] ([[User talk:Volfym|talk]]) 16:32, 6 March 2014 (UTC)
--[[User:Volfym|Volfym]] ([[User talk:Volfym|talk]]) 16:32, 6 March 2014 (UTC)
:We have a winner! Great job! [[User:Solomon|Solomon]] ([[User talk:Solomon|talk]]) 20:04, 8 March 2014 (UTC)

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Welcome to Rosetta! The object of the game is simple: using your decoding skills, figure out which of the 3 given sentence pairs is communicated in the provided text... which is written with a constructed language or invented script.

No guessing! You must show your work to win. In your conclusion, explain how you decoded the text.

Text 1



Alphabet uses fewer than 50 characters. No alphabet chart needed.


Vocabulary is English. No lexicon needed.


Pair 1

  • Paris is in the opposite direction.
  • Northwest is my favorite direction.

Pair 2

  • Your red bench is 2 meters long.
  • I want 20 feet of red fabric.

Pair 3

  • My glass is half empty.
  • Nearly half of the world's population is male.


If you think you've figured out which sentence pair was written, write your conclusion here, describing how you translated the text.

  • Post your findings here.

Volfym's method.

Pair 3 is my answer.

I began by counting the words in each pair per line compared with the original. Pair 3 came out closest, so I was automatically biased towards it. (1a 5 words, 1b 7 words, compared to Pair 3 5 words, 8 words)

I began writing out and comparing similarities in each pair (parallels in each line).

A 2 letter word is repeated in the Rosetta (67). Both Pair 1 and Pair 3 repeat "is" in the two lines. The abnormally long word in the second sentence "ended" with d rev ? d, and the only word to be found with a repeating letter separated by another letter at the fringe of a word was "population".

I then worked out all the letters to see if it made any sense - beginning with < as l I began matching words according to the position of l and then figured also out that [ is f.

The text deciphered to: flah ytpme si ym ssalg, elam si dlrow noitalupop fo ylraen flah. Turning each word backwards, you get: half empty is my glass, male is world population of nearly half.

An odd way to phrase the pair, but it seems too likely to be disregarded. Reading it completely backwards from the last letter towards the first, brings a far more oddly phrased sentence. That was fun, regardless.

--Volfym (talk) 16:32, 6 March 2014 (UTC)

We have a winner! Great job! Solomon (talk) 20:04, 8 March 2014 (UTC)